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HARVEY, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The Jefferson Parish School Board has voted 6-3 to join a lawsuit filed by St. John the Baptist Parish, along with 47 other parishes, challenging the state's funding formula to local school districts.

The lawsuit alleges that the state owes local school districts money through its Minimum Foundation Program formula. For the past six years, the state has not calculated an increase in the per-pupil funding formula used to fund local districts, and some school boards are now claiming that the state owes them nearly $200 million.

Next year's formula, which has factored in extra funds to account for inflation, is set to be considered by the state Legislature in the coming weeks.

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